Bin Laden Driver to Be Sent to Yemen

Remember the big bad terrorist chauffeur of Osama bin Laden? It turns out that the judges even in the Kangaroo courts inside the American torture dungeon Guantanamo could not find anything on Mr. Hamdan and after a detention of more some seven years in which he has been tortured, isolated and held captive without a being convicted of anything in a court of justice he has been send back to his native country Yemen.

Yemen has a bad track record as far as human rights and the treatment of prisoners suspected of terrorism is concerned so I fear for Mr. Hamdan in this last month of his detention but it is saying something about the illegality and injustice that is the blackhole prison system of the US of A.

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The United States military has decided to release a former driver for Osama bin Laden whose trial became a test case for the Bush administration’s system of military commissions for accused terrorists, Yemeni officials said.

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Salim Ahmed Hamdan, in 1999.


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By reviewing government documents, court records and media reports, The Times was able to compile an approximate list of detainees currently at Guantánamo.

The driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 and convicted and sentenced in August, will be released from the Guantánamo Bay detention center in the coming days and transferred to his native Yemen, where he will serve the remaining month of his sentence, according to the Yemeni officials.

Once considered a dangerous terrorist by the Bush administration, Mr. Hamdan was convicted only on lesser charges in August and given what amounted to a four-month sentence by a military jury. At that time, a military judge gave Mr. Hamdan credit for at least the 61 months he was held after being charged, reducing his sentence to a matter of months. The verdict was a sharp setback for Pentagon officials, who had contended they could detain him indefinitely.

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